Most working professionals can probably kick-start their creative sides when they’re fresh in the morning, which is a great thing since two thirds of UK employers say creativity among the workforce is key in generating strong business results. However, if the entire working day requires constant creative output, it can sometimes be quite difficult to remain in the creative zone. Don’t panic! Dips in creativity are just a side effect of constantly using your brain. We have some top tips that are sure to re-engage your brain when you’re in need of a creative boost.
Prepare your workspace
If your workspace is cluttered with paper, pens, the end of a sandwich, or an abundance of junk, chances are your mind is just as cluttered. Your workspace becomes less of a distraction if it’s tidy and organised. No, you don’t have to go all Monica Geller on it, just make sure that avalanche of paperwork is put in one place rather than scattered across your desk. Dump that sandwich crust in the bin, too.
Move your body
Creative slumps are often caused by remaining in a static position such as sitting at a desk, staring at a screen or continuously typing task after task. Lunch is obviously the perfect opportunity to take some time away from your desk, but sometimes you need a boost at other points in the working day, too. Try taking a couple of laps around the office, going to the kitchen to make a brew, or even standing by the window to observe your surroundings for a moment. By taking a quick break like this, you’ll be more refreshed to start that next piece on your to-do list.
There are many misconceptions about doodling. For one, doodling does not mean that someone is not paying attention. Similarly, doodling does not mean someone is not doing their job and would rather see how many ways they can draw a cat. Doodling actually helps the brain stay focused and in the creative zone rather than drifting off into hammerspace. It can even lead to new insights and cognitive advances!
Allocate a block of time and stay committed
You may have all day to complete a few tasks, but that’s not going to work if you spend forever on the first one and leave the others hanging in the balance during the last hour of the day. Split your workload and dedicate chunks of time to each section. This way you are more likely to stay focused and in the creative zone due to the small amount of pressure you put on yourself to complete each task.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is start, but you just have to buck up and do it. What you’ll find by just starting instead of re-writing your to-do list several times over is that you’ll fall into a zone of concentration, a creative zone if you like. Keep going until you have created the bare bones of your project. Seeing a shadow of a finish line should boost creativity enough for you to reach your end goal.